Alain Graillot - Crozes-Hermitage, Northern Rhone 2019
Wine Advocate 92+ "Atypically big, rich and velvety, the 2019 Crozes Hermitage emanates from a vintage whose yields were cut in half by hail. Bottled in March 2021, it delivers rolling waves of ripe black cherries, tinged with understated herbal notes and a long, luxuriously textured finish."
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Vinous 91-93 - Spice-driven dark berry, cherry, peony and licorice aromas are sharpened by a zesty mineral flourish. Fleshy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors turn sweeter with air and pick up a smoky nuance on the back half. Shows fine definition and energy and finishes spicy and quite long, displaying gently chewy tannins and a resonating floral quality. - Josh Reynolds
In France’s Northern Rhone Valley, there are few names as revered as Graillot. It was in 1985 that the now legendary Alain Graillot, who after working with the venerable Jacques Seysses at Domaine Dujac, came back to his home in Crozes-Hermitage to start his own domaine. With each passing year his devotion to the art of making hauntingly delicious Syrah from his organically farmed, stone-laden vineyards, has been rewarded with an ever growing and highly dedicated following around the world.
All the work is still completely the same as it ever was: hand-harvesting, organic farming, whole-cluster fermentation, and aging the wines primarily in 1-to-3 year old barrels purchased from some of the top estates in Burgundy. The domaine’s status as one of the top domaines in all of France is without question, this wine is a must-have for any serious Northern Rhone fan.
Bloodroot Cellars - Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 2019
Incredible Quality Cool Climate Coastal Sonoma Pinot Noir at an Everyday Price!
Bloodroot Cellars is a secret collaboration between several winemakers who have come together here to make a masterful, value-minded blend from the region's premier vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Marin, Anderson Valley and Bennett Valley. For under 20$, it really doesn't get much better than this! Fresh and floral on the nose with macerated strawberry, rhubarb, vanilla, candied violets, and hibiscus tea. 20% barrel for 16 months adds a warm core of spice and vanilla into the lasting complex finish. Just an incredible quality wine for the price.
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Justin Girardin - Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy 2019
Outstanding Quality White Burgundy With 13 Generations of Winemaking Experience!
The Girardin family needs no introduction, with winemaking experience dating back to 1570. Justin is now following in his famed Ungle Vincent's footsteps proudly managing 17 hectares of the family estate vineyards through Santenay to Savigny-les-Beane. We can be some seriously tough critics of white Burgundy here at Plucky, but after we tried his Bourgogne Blanc, we knew we found something special - especially for under $20! His wines are terroir driven with minimal intervention, revealing clean 'true-to-varietal' Chardonnay from the region’s top vineyard sites. Justin's wines strike the perfect balance between traditional Burgundian rusticity and a modern new-generation approach to winemaking.
An expansive, complex bouquet evokes fresh pear, white peach and honey, with a hint of toasted hazelnuts in the background. Dry and stony on the palate, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavors with a touch of brioche. Closes with clean finty minerals, lively acidity, and very good persistence.
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